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An IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting must occur for every child with special needs who receives services from the school district. As an advocate, we will attend these meetings with you and your child to make sure that the child’s needs are met and that you as a parent feel that your voice is heard. While an attorney advocate is not required for an IEP meeting, it has been our experience that the meetings are more productive when an attorney is present. As an advocate, it is our job to be your voice and get your child the resources they are entitled to under the law.

In a perfect world, the IEP will have properly identified and addressed your child’s needs and laid out a clear-cut plan as to how those needs will be serviced. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

If you-the child’s parent or legal guardian-are requesting specific services for your child’s education needs and the school district refuses to comply, you are entitled to file a due process complaint request, asking for a judge to decide whether or not your child is entitled to your requests under State and Federal laws. As experienced attorneys, Selogie & Brett will properly format your request and prepare your case to be heard before the court.

Prior to a case being sent to court and being heard before a judge, both parties may be sent to mediation. Most special education cases can be resolved through mediation with favorable results.

During mediation, a third-party mediator, assigned by the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), will try to negotiate a settlement between you and the school district. It is best to have one of the qualified attorneys from Selogie & Brett represent you at this mediation to provide you with additional support and make sure all your needs are met throughout the mediation process.

We always hope to achieve a settlement agreement that is beneficial to your child through either a productive IEP meeting or through the mediation process, but dealing with the bureaucracy of a school district can be difficult and sometimes the only solution is a hearing in front of a judge. Selogie & Brett is fully prepared to take any case to hearing, if necessary. Our attorneys use a firm, aggressive approach and will effectively present your child’s case to the court.
If your child is not completely independent by adulthood, Selogie & Brett recommends filing for a conservatorship. Under state and federal law, once a child reaches the age of 18, he/she is considered a legal adult and you will no longer be able to make decisions regarding finances, health care, education, etc., on his/her behalf. If granted, a conservatorship would allow you to continue making these decisions. Selogie & Brett can help you through filing for the conservatorship and represent your case in court to help ensure a favorable ruling.
After the death of a parent or guardian of a person with disabilities or special needs, extreme care should be given to be sure that any inheritance received on behalf of the person does not strip them of any benefits or government assistance that they are currently receiving. In these situations, it is best if the benefactor or caregiver of the person establishes a special needs trust to take effect after they have passed. With the help of the dedicated attorneys at Selogie & Brett, we can help you designate a trustee who will manage the trust and care for your special needs child without putting their benefits and extra assistance at risk.

The In-Home Support Services (IHSS) Program helps pay for services provided to low-income elderly, blind or disabled individuals, including children, so that they can remain safely in their own home. IHSS is considered an alternative to out-of home care, such as nursing homes or board and care facilities.

Some of the services that can be authorized through IHSS include: housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.

Selogie and Brett, LLP provides support in applying for eligibility for both IHSS and Medi-cal, qualification appeals, requests for increase of services and the entire IHSS process.

 

Our experienced attorneys are passionate about advocating for, representing and empowering special needs children and their families as they navigate through the public education system.

We stand behind our motto, “level the playing field” and truly believe that each and every special needs student should be provided with equal access to a quality public education. Whether you’re a rookie parent of a newly diagnosed special needs child or well-seasoned in the process, we’re here to be a member of your team and treat your child like an MVP.